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City Club at Playhouse Square

Business & Economy

City Club at Playhouse Square

CentroVilla25: Entrepreneurship & Investment in Cleveland's Hispanic Community

Friday, August 25, 2023
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
A FREE Outdoor LIVE Broadcast of our August 25th Friday Forum!

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"Leading with the culture is the key to our success and authenticity." – Jenice Contreras

Small businesses and entrepreneurs are vital to our communities. They generate jobs and contribute greatly to U.S. economic activity. BIPOC small businesses and entrepreneurs in particular bring diversity and cultural richness to the surrounding community, enriching marketplaces with unique products and services. In doing so, the money earned by these companies helps fuel the surrounding economy. One of the places highlighting the importance of BIPOC, and specifically Latino, businesses is CentroVilla25.

CentroVilla25 is an adaptive reuse of a vacant 32,500 square foot warehouse and office building with an additional 12,500 square foot expansion. They strive to showcase Northeast Ohio’s Hispanic community through job creation, business development, and creative spaces. The Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development is working to ensure CentroVilla25 becomes a reality for the Hispanic community of Ohio by April 2024.

Jenice Contreras is the Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development. An established leader in small business and community development, as well as healthcare and nonprofit management, Contreras is a driving force in the revitalization of Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood (where CentroVilla25 will be).

Join us for a free LIVE broadcast on 89.7 Ideastream Public Media, in the US Bank Plaza at Playhouse Square, for a discussion on what's next for Hispanic entrepreneurship and economic development.


Let us know if you're coming! Please RSVP by registering below. It's not required, but it helps us prepare and keeps you updated!


Rain doesn't stop the show! Our rain location is the Westfield Studio Theater at the Idea Center at Playhouse Square.

The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with Ideastream Public Media is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.

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